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CPS review backs decision not to bring charges over Brecon Beacons soldier deaths

The Crown Prosecution Service says the decision not to charge anyone in connection with the deaths of three soldiers after a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons was correct.

The Army reservists died after taking part in a training exercise on Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013.

Corporal James Dunsby, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died in July 2013 Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, from Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno, Lance Corporal Edward Maher, 31, and Corporal James Dunsby, 31, from Bath, were taking part in a 40-mile hike in temperatures reaching 29C.

Case reviews completed under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme involve a completely independent assessment of the available evidence against the evidential and public interest standards set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

In this case, our review concluded that the original decision not to charge any individual in respect of this matter was correct.

There is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.

– Crown Prosecution Service

A CPS spokesperson said the families had been informed of the decision.